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19 March 2017

USA Board Meeting Agenda – March 19, 2017

A.     Call Meeting to Order: 10:02 EST

Attending: Kenny Cason, Mark Atkinson, Danielle Millett, Mike Schatz, David Panofsky, Wendy Grzych, Aaron Kinsella-Johnson

B.      Old Business

        1. NAUCC 2017
          1. Status report and discussion. Help needed?
            1. Registration: 84 currently registered
            2. On track to pay for event in full
            3. Message going out to remind early registration closing soon, need help from USA for messaging. Aaron handling social media.
            4. Flyers going out via Unicycle.com
            5. Updates to accommodations page, Seattle area is expensive. L Camping is also available. Cottages available for groups, mostly up at Snoqualmie Pass.
            6. Venues secured for everything except Street and Flat.
            7. Registration at the North Bend visitor’s center
            8. North Bend Block Party on the last Saturday, participation perhaps
            9. Safety concerns for the marathon: town hall forum scheduled to address everyone’s concerns, like a riders meeting. Presenting plans ahead of time could allay fears. Date and Time will be forthcoming.
        2. USA Programs
          1. Coaching Program. Feedback from both coaches and clubs?
            1. Timber Lake was a huge success
        3. Membership Initiative
          1. Non-USA club outreach.
            1. Searching for new clubs. When found please put in the Google Doc. As officers we should reach out to them when possible.
          2. Postcards. Look great! Possible increase in website traffic?
            1. Uplift in website traffic, possibly related
          3. National Unicycle Week http://uniusa.org/national-unicycle-week/
            1. Applied for through Chase’s Book of Events, we will know soon whether approved. 21-27 May 2017!
            2. USA website has been updated and we have a logo
          4. Possible focus on promoting benefits of USA insurance?
            1. Important to a lot of people, likely our biggest benefit of membership.
        4.  Facebook
          1. As we enter riding season need regular, relevant posts – all/any welcome!
            1. Kenny will forward Facebook stats when he receives them
        5. USA Rulebook Committee
          1. Invitations for participation sent out in January
          2. Deadline for new adopting rules is four months prior to NAUCC
            1. Scott has asked for an extension
            2. Voted on and approved
        6. OOW/Constitution/Bylaws Update
          1. Amendments to be sent out via email with instructions for voting
            1. Proposal to accept the amended rules for USA
            2. Voted on an approved
          2. Need to agree voting procedure – could we use membership site?
            1. Trying to get to an email vote, but some don’t have email addresses (only 19). Effort will be made to contact teams to make sure their members have entered an email address.
            2. Email in March will be sent to announce the upcoming vote, to give members a chance to update their membership profiles.
            3. End of April we will use electionbuddy.com to do the vote
            4. 93 yay votes needed to pass, given current roles
            5. Proposal to spend up to $100 for use of electionbuddy.com
            6. Voted upon and passed.

C.      New Business and 90-day look ahead (USA annual calendar of events)

              1. Skype Level Tester meeting – when?
              2. Scholarship Committee – kickoff this month
                1. Zero response from prior email asking for scholarship applications
                2. Official application letter going out this week
                3. People being considered for the committee
              3. Board meetings – schedule between now and NAUCC?
                1. Missed a December meeting this year
                2. Will have meetings in April and June
              4. Unicon 20 – IUF looking for applications to host. Proposals requested by end 2017.
                1. Anyone in USA interested in hosting?

D.      Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Reports

              1. Mark Atkinson, President
              2. Danielle Millett, Vice President
              3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
                1. 3 year commitment is coming to an end
                2. Amanda is interested
              4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
                1. Just restocked patches ($900+). That money eventually comes back.
                2. 3 year commitment is coming to an end
                3. Currently Mike handles membership and treasurer roles but those roles could be separated. Treasurer is a 3 year commitment, membership is an appointed position.
              5. Jill Cohan, Director
              6. Wendy Grzych, Director
              7. David Panofsky, Director
                1. 3 year commitment is coming to an end
                2. Trying to write up general instructions with how to travel with unicycles, especially flying.
              8. Patricia Wilton, Director & USA Level Tester
                1. Lots of positive discussion in the new Freestyle Rules committee
              9. Mark Atkinson & Mike Schatz, Webmasters
              10. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club & Insurance Coordinator
              11. Amanda Grzych, Scholarship Committee Chair

E.      Announcements

              1. Upcoming Events
                1. SW Muni Fest – March 18-19, Moab, Utah
                2. MadUni Muni Weekend – April 7-9, Black River Falls, WI
                3. RTUC Mini-Meet in Livonia, MI – May 19-21
                4. National Unicycle Week – May 21-28
                5. MadUni Summer Camps – June 12-16 and June  19-23 (link)
                6. CMQ Urban – July 6-9, Montreal, Canada
                7. LAUCC (Latin American Unicycle Convention and Championship) –July 16-23, Mexico City (link)
                8. European Championship – July 27-Aug 6, Sittard-Geleen, NL (link)
                9. Unicon 19 – July 29- Aug 10 2019 Seoul, South Korea (link)

F.     Anything else?

                1. Kenny: Does anyone have Gossi’s research on developing new Skill Levels, or how to contact him? Trying to contact him via email has failed, the email didn’t bounce but I heard nothing back.

G.     Meeting Adjourned: 11:12 EST

8 January 2017

USA Board Meeting Agenda – January 8, 2017

A. Call Meeting to Order: 12:14pm EST

a. Present: Kenny Cason, Mark Atkinson, Jill Cohan, Danielle Millett, Mike Schatz, David Panofsky, Wendy Grzych, Aaron Kinsella-Johnson

B.      Old Business

  1. NAUCC 2017
    1. Status report and discussion. Any help needed?
      1. Kickoff meeting today 5pm PST
      2. Reservations for gym done
      3. Locations in mind for all events
      4. Web site is currently being set up with Robin Dunlop
      5. SVUC as a club is highly involved
      6. Events run July 16th-23rd, the 15th is for travel
      7. Hospitality/Lodging TBD, Issaquah & Snoqualmie Pass are options. A new hotel being built in North Bend, may be ready in time.
      8. Marathon: pushing for using the Iron Horse Trail, Boston marathon qualifying trail. Alternative suggestions welcome.
      9. Need historic costs to set registration pricing. Typical top costs are medals and venues. Past budget are available
    2. USA equipment inventory and location tracker
        1. Track starter poles, extension cords, signage, canopies are already in Washington.
        2. Need printer, clipboards, hand timing watches
        3. RTUC and TCUC have watches, but need to be reminded to bring them
        4. Each event Point Of Contact will know what is required
        5. Flagging & barriers for cyclo-cross needed. Typically borrowed from a local organization.USA equipment inventory and location tracker
  2. USA Programs
    1. Coaching Program. Feedback on interest from both coaches and clubs?
      1. Rapid City, SD this weekend
      2. Timber Lake, SD on the 20th
      3. Budget is available for more coaching opportunities if requested
    2. STEP (Start-up Equipment Program). Need new committee head to lead this initiative.
      1. Still looking for nominations.
      2. Focused on brand new clubs
      3. Could be expanded to different disciplines
      4. Mike may be interested in heading
  3. Membership Initiative
    1. Progress on non USA club outreach
      1. Two new clubs are in process
      2. “How to start a club” – posted to web site by Wendy
      3. Wendy fields 5-6 new club related questions each year
      4. Mike is interested in working with Wendy to find/contact more new clubs
      5. A group in Alberta, Canada inquired. Wendy pointed them to a good contact. Not much we can do since USA insurance does not cover them.
      6. Danielle will contact a bike shop 50 minutes from her location who is interested (Thick Bikes?). They are a UDC dealer.
    2. Flyer for UDC shipments – status and feedback?
      1. Sent flyers to Amy at UDC. Need to confirm.
      2. Jill will follow up with Amy
  4. OOW/Facebook
    1. As we enter riding season need regular, relevant posts – all/any welcome!
      1. Please post any news or events as you become aware.
      2. OOW still without a chairperson. Any nominations?
      3. Our charter says we need to publish OOW. But is it no longer relevant in the current world of social media?
      4. Perhaps we can publish online (Facebook, etc) and satisfy our charter. Jill will ask Amy about getting a link or two on UDC’s web site, both USA and NAUCC.
      5. An email periodically from the USA president sounds like a great idea!
  5. IUF Rulebook Committees
    1. Have all invitations for participation have been sent out? Are all committees up and running?
    2. Up and running, very busy with discussions
    3. Last vote for proposals is mid January
    4. “Age Group” committee is a little awkwardly organized, not sure what is happening there
    5. If the new IUF rulebook is ready four months before NAUCC then USA will adopt it for this year. This is not a proposal, but just a reminder.
    6. Scott Wilton says a draft of the new IUF rulebook should be ready by February 1st.
    7. Scott volunteered to be the USA rulebook chairman.

C. New Business and 90-day look ahead (USA annual calendar of events)

  1. NAUCC 2018
    1. Wendy proposes RTUC (near Livonia), seconded by Mark
      1. Voting: universal approval
      2. Wendy will create a document to formalize the proposal
  2. Skype Level Tester meeting – February?
      1. Haven’t heard anything. Mark will check with Patricia
  3. Scholarship Committee – kickoff in March
      1. Amanda couldn’t make it
      2. Wants to do some outreach to get people on board
      3. Deadline is 90 days prior to NAUCC
  4. National Unicycle Week
    1. Encourage people to unicycle
    2. Retail/Publicity opportunity to pivot on
    3. Fourth week in May?
    4. Chase’s Calendar of Events: TBD
    5. National Day Calendar: application is in
    6. Perhaps pick a week and publish, seek forgiveness later if there is a conflict. Need a framework and send out a press release to retailers, manufacturers, press
    7. Will put a web page together.
    8. Jill will talk with Amy at UDC
  5. Advertising USA and NAUCC on UDC web site?
    1. Why not! Jill will talk with Amy.

D. Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Reports

  1. Mark Atkinson, President
  2. Danielle Millett, Vice President
    1. Not getting vice president emails. Will check.
  3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
  4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
    1. 769 members, pretty typical, healthy
    2. Financials look normal. New item for Coaching Program.
    3. Some clubs have requested individual members NOT renew on their own. They are currently set up this way. Causes confusion in some cases where someone joins USA then joins a club. Your mileage may vary.
    4. Reminder: once a member joins USA and is a member of a club they are covered by insurance, regardless about how they paid USA.
    5. Google Grants for Non-Profits: Gilby says they will give advertising grants based on certain criteria. Will look into it, add to New Business.
  5.  Jill Cohan, Director
      1. Amanda Breum Laursen  is coming to Madison for four months and helping with freestyle, etc
      2. Could Amanda be a USA Certified Coach even though she is a foreign rider?
      3. UNICON 19 in South Korea: should USA hire a translator?
        1. Will smart phone translators be sufficient?
        2. Cultural liaison may be required as well?
        3. Perhaps the UNICON organization committee has a recommendation
        4. Jill will talk with Patricia, our IUF liaison
        5. Mark will look into adding something about how to fly with unicycles to the USA web site. David will help do research.
  6. Wendy Grzych, Director
  7. David Panofsky, Director
  8. Patricia Wilton, Director & USA Level Tester
  9. ???, OOW
  10. Mark Atkinson & Mike Schatz, Webmasters
  11. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club & Insurance Coordinator
  12. Amanda Grzych, Scholarship Committee Chair

E. Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. MONDO XXVIII – February 10-12, St. Paul, Minnesota
    2. LAUCC (Latin American Unicycle Convention and Championship) –July 16-23, Mexico City
    3. Madison Muni Weekend in early April
    4. Southwest Muni Weekend in March, Moab?
  2. Anything else?

F. Meeting Adjourned: 1:56 EST

11 September 2016

USA Board Meeting Agenda – September 11, 2016

A.     Call Meeting to Order: 12:01 EST

Present: Kenny Cason, Mark Atkinson, Patricia Wilton, Jill Cohan, Danielle Millett, Mike Schatz

B.      Old Business

  1. NAUCC 2016 wrap–up.
    1. Any lessons learnt?
      1. Directors need to be incredibly prepared, before the event. Yes, before the event.
      2. USA liaison needs to be in constant contact with the hosting organization and provide feedback and updates to the USA board. Having people in the loop with actual experience is invaluable.
      3. Continue strengthening the Google Docs event handbook, but experience trumps documentation.
      4. Inclusion of local participation adds excitement and promotes the sport. It helps all participants! Remember what it was like to attend your first NAUCC?
      5. Urban participation was low, probably because of Unicon, but need to keep an eye on it.
      6. Trials obstacles were particularly difficult given the skill levels of those who attended. Looking at the participant list should give direction on difficulty and if there should be a finals.
    2. UNICON 18 wrap-up.
      1. Celebrate the US successes! 2 World Champions – 15 Expert medals won (2 Gold, 12 Silver, 1 Bronze). Age group podium placements in various disciplines.
        1. Post experts on the USA Facebook page
        2. Add highlights to the USA web site
      2. Any lessons learnt?
        1. You can never have enough restrooms. Tru dat!
        2. Must have people at each event handling logistics and organizing the people, separate duties from the event director.
        3. There are questions about what the USA and IUF memberships provide to each member/club. There is a page on the USA web site that addresses this. Need to add information on our new programs. This is a recurring theme.
        4. There should also be information addressing benefits to the greater unicycling community in general (rider locator, etc).
      3. USA Programs
        1. Coaching Program. Application form is available on USA website.
          1. Currently using old USA letter head. Need to update.
          2. Patricia will send an email to the USA members to increase knowledge of this program.
        2. STEP (Start-up Equipment Program). Need new committee head to lead this initiative. Possible nominations?
          1. Information for the new committee lead is in Google Docs. Doesn’t have to be one person. Jill will take a look but no commitment at this time.
        3. Confirm budgets for 2016/17
          1. $5000 split between the two above programs already allocated. Nothing has been spent. Reassess next year at this time.
      4. Junior Officer Applications
        1. No applications received. Do we run this program in 2016/17?
          1. It’s challenging to feel engaged at a national level, especially in a virtual organization like USA.
          2. Table this for now, but possible areas for participation:
            1. Coaching program
            2. STEP
      5. OOW/Facebook
        1. Feedback from Annual Meeting?
          1. Not discussed.
        2. Discuss direction for both OOW and Facebook for this year
          1. OOW:
            1. Possible different format: what did you see on Facebook that was interesting? Summarize for those who missed it. What events are coming up? What are clubs up to in different areas of the country? Think “newsletter” instead of “novel”.
            2. This would be especially helpful for those who write the checks! Not everyone follows Facebook threads with any regularity. It could help justify to parents the investment in continued participation.
          2. Facebook:
            1. Need to post organically versus planned. Need more likes to build momentum.
            2. Patricia will make all USA board members able to post to the page. All board members should post as often as the muse inspires.
            3. Clubs should be encouraged to send info to USA board members to post. (events, parades, achievements, etc)

C.      New Business

  1. Objectives for 2016/17
    1. Membership: reach out to clubs that are not currently members
      1. Need a list of clubs
      2. Need volunteers to contact those clubs (Mike will organize, will coordinate with Wendy as the membership person)
      3. Mark will contact Amy Drummond at Unicycle.com to see if she is willing to include USA flyers in their shipments.
        1. Will have something ready for approval by next meeting, including a budget. Bennett Nestok (Harvard) is interested in providing content (cartoons, etc)
      4. National Unicycle Week? (when)
        1. Create a hash tag
        2. Newspaper/TV/Radio interviews
        3. Post a picture of you riding this week
        4. Post picture of clubs riding
        5. UDC and other retailers can use to promote
        6. Prompts us to draw attention to the sport and it’s benefits
      5. Need to get USA Rulebook amendments compiled and included in time for NAUCC. This is somewhat reliant on IUF Rulebook work but very doable regardless. Can work off the IUF draft if required.
      6. Successful NAUCC with our guidance and support. Success = organized and enjoyed by the vast majority.
      7. Choose a hosting club for NAUCC 2018.
    2. 90-day look ahead (USA annual calendar of events)
      1. Now: Garnering applications to host NAUCC 2018
      2. At least one more USA meeting before the end of the year (second week in December)
    3. NAUCC 2017
      1. Connie Cotter has volunteered to act as Board liaison. Any objections?
        1. Proposal was made and seconded. Approved.
        2. Make it so, engage!
      2. Possibly also invite NAUCC organizing lead to Board meetings for short report of status?
        1. SnoValley Unicycle Club – lead for NAUCC: Aaron Kinsella-Johnson
        2. Connie should also be included
        3. Direction: Board meetings, plus email status monthly or informal telecons
      3. USA equipment inventory and location tracker
        1. Need a list of what USA owns and where it is. Shawn is a good place to start. Connie should coordinate as liaison.
          1. Power cords
          2. Stop watches
          3. Track starting stands
          4. Canopies
          5. Safety vests
          6. Yada, yada, yada…
      4. IUF Rulebook Committee – Applications for participation open until 11th September
        1. For changes to the USA Rulebook this is the place to have your say.
        2. Example:
          1. Should muni cross country allow a “hike” uphill that constitutes more than half of the race? IMHO: This is a unicycling competition not a hiking contest.

D.      Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Reports

  1. Mark Atkinson, President
    1. Invited to do a radio interview concerning unicycling for a station in California
  2. Danielle Millett, Vice President
  3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
  4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
    1. Financials: more $$ than we had last month. Scholarship $$ is available for next year. Signs for NAUCC were paid for.
  5. Jill Cohan, Director
  6. Wendy Grzych, Director
  7. David Panofsky, Director
  8. Patricia Wilton, Director & USA Level Tester
    1. Also happy to be the IUF liaison! Everything is awesome; everything is cool when you’re part of a team. J
  9. ???, OOW
  10. Mark Atkinson & Mike Schatz, Webmasters
    1. Enabling email addresses for the eight USA voting positions
  11. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club & Insurance Coordinator
  12. Max Schulze, Scholarship Committee Chair
    1. Need a new chair for this position.
      1. Amanda is nominated and seconded.
      2. Voted and approved!

E.      Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. NAUCC 2018 – bids for host by Jan 2017
      1. RTUC is interested
  2. Anything else?
    1. Next Unicon is in Seoul, South Korea

G.     Meeting Adjourned: 13:45 EST

11 July 2016

USA Annual Meeting Agenda – July 11, 2016

A.      Call Meeting to Order: 6:04pm MDT

B.      Affirmation of Officers

  1. President:
    1. Nominated Mark Atkinson by Mike Schatz
    2. Second by Wendy Grzych
    3. Approved
  2. Vice President
    1. Nominated Danielle Millet by Patricia Wilton
    2. Second by Mike Schatz
    3. Approved
  3. Secretary
    1. Nominated Kenny Cason by Patricia Wilton
    2. Second by Mike Schatz
    3. Approved
  4. Treasurer
    1. Nominated Mike Schatz
    2. Second
    3. Approved
  5. Directors
    1. Nominated Patricia Wilton by David Panofsky
    2. Second
    3. Approved
    4. Nominated Wendy Grzych by Patricia Wilton
    5. Second
    6. Approved
    7. Nominated Jill Cohan by Patricia Wilton
    8. Second
    9. Approved

C.      Old Business

  1. Junior Officers
    1. Closing date for Junior Officer Applications is August 1.
    2. Applicants must be 14-18 years old by August 1, 2016
    3. Jr. Officers will now be a more competitive and specified position. The Board
      will give more direction to the officers.
  2. New Committees and Committee Updates
    1. Coaching Program
      1. Program is ready. Need to get more marketing out and need to spread
        the word. Give an overview of the program and its goals.
    2. STEP – Startup Equipment Program
      1. Program did not get finalized. Need a new committee head to launch
        for upcoming year. Give brief overview of program and goals. We have
        basic outlines for the program but need to make the more detailed
        items, like applications and scoring programs.
    3. Scholarship Program
      1. Financial update will be given by Mike. We can review how we’re record
        keeping for the sake of our 501(c)3 status (keeping applications and
        scoring, etc.) Keep in mind that donations are tax deductible. No
        eligible candidates applied this year so there are no recipients for 2016.
    4. Rulebook Committee
      1. Link to IUF skill levels on website. Accepted rulebook update.
      2. Wendy requests age groups get changed. An IUF committee has already
        been formed.
      3. To change rules it is best to get on an IUF committee, not USA, since
        USA rules default to IUF rules.
    5. Financial Overview
      1. Approximately $24k in the black, always a happy thing

D.      Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Reports

    1. Amanda Grzych, President
      1. I’d like to say thank you for being able to be president for the past three years. Over the three years I’ve worked with some great Board members and I feel
        like we’ve accomplished a lot. This year alone we were able to launch the
        coaching program, create a rider locator, started a document on how to host
        nationals, created a timeline of the Board’s activity, we introduced several Jr.
        Officers to the Board, started a USA Facebook page, determined that keeping
        disciplines sectioned off at NAUCC is beneficial primarily for urban riders,
        created a GoogleDoc database to hold all of the Board’s important information,
        created general emails that are transferrable when officers change, created
        the NAUCC liaison position to assist hosts, and we’ve also learned that Skype
        doesn’t like meetings with more than 8 people! Overall it’s been a crazy year
        but we’ve had some great results. I look forward to watching the sport
        continue to grow and evolve.
    2. Patricia Wilton, Vice President
    3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
    4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
      1. Feedback on the web site is encouraged
      2. Google Analytics has been helpful
    5. Mark Atkinson, Director
    6. Steven Walter, Director
    7. Mitch Wittenberg, Director
    8. David Panofsky, Director
    9. Richard & Rick Tharrett, OOW
    10. Mike Schatz, Webmaster
    11. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club Coordinator and Insurance Coordinator
    12. Max Schulze, Trials and Street Adviser/Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chair
      1. No eligible candidates this year
      2. The program is healthy and will continue
    13. Patricia Wilton, USA Level Tester

E.      New Business

      1. OOW format will be changing
        1. We’ve determined that OOW should either be done exclusively through
          Facebook or a smaller newsletter that is sent via Mailchimp. Either way we
          think one of the Jr. Officers should take over this duty. We just want to see
          which idea is preferred, but without taking an actual vote.

F.      Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. Unicon 18, 2016 – Donostia/San Sebastian, Spain. Wednesday July 27 to Sunday
      August 7 2016
    2. NAUCC 2017 – Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club – Seattle, Washington
      1. Hotel is being built but may not be ready
      2. Housing is available in the nearby surrounding areas
      3. NAUCC 2017 will rock!

G.      Anything else?

    1. How-To docs are being moved to Google Docs so hosting information will be easier
      to access. Real people, real numbers.
    2. Applications to host 2018 will be accepted starting in December.

H.      Meeting adjourned at 6:35pm

12 June 2016

USA Board Meeting Agenda – June 12, 2016

A.     Call Meeting to Order: 12:05pm EST

Attending: Amanda Grzych, Patricia Wilton, Kenny Cason, Mike Schatz, Mark Atkinson, Mitch Wittenberg

B.     Old Business

  1. USA Programs
    1. Club Outreach
      1. Make major clubs aware so they can spread the word to those who contact them.
      2. Do we need to contact clubs individually? Seems likely. Good first step after Nationals.
      3. Also get it up on the web site. Amanda will edit the text.
    2. STEP Program
      1. Kinda on hold for now.
  2. Rider Locator
    1. Bring up at Nationals, but limited sample of riders there.
    2. Perhaps a check box for members to give permission, but have the ability to opt-out.
    3. This should be a benefit of membership.
  3. NAUCC 2016 Concerns
    1. South Dakota people are beginning to register now.
    2. Scheduling conflicts are being resolved, but there are still concerns.
      1. Track events take longer than typically allotted.
      2. Amanda will inquire if the track can be reserved longer, and start earlier.
    3. Expert t-shirts: need to vote whether USA pays for them.
      1. Patricia proposes $450, seconded by Mark. Approved.
  4. How to run NAUCC
    1. Patricia has shared all docs (budget, etc) she has with SVUC for 2017.
    2. The Nationals liaison should be given access to all docs available.
    3. Perhaps a Google Docs drive to hold the docs for archiving and sharing.
    4. Separate email addresses will be created for each position in the USA organization. This keeps personal and business emails separate plus fosters continuity when people change positions.
  5. Timeline of Board Activity
    1. Gathering calendar items and getting them organized.
    2. Will be posted to Google drive when in better shape.
  6. Directors Review
    1. Feedback: The Jr. Directors like the program.
    2. They need distinct goals instead of a broad request. For example: publish one tutorial video per month, versus “go post on Facebook”.
    3. Too many people to keep busy, and 6 months is too short a time to get them properly involved. Recommend limitting the number of JDs and extend their time.
    4. The new board should choose the new JDs, but applications for those positions should be made available by the old board, preferably before Nationals each year.

C.     Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Reports

    1. Amanda Grzych, President
    2. Patricia Wilton, Vice President
    3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
    4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
      1. Financials have been distributed to the board.
      2. Insurance payment due this month.
      3. Membership numbers continue to be healthy.
    5. Mark Atkinson, Director
      1. Updating the web page to reference the IUF Skill Levels.
    6. Mitch Wittenberg, Director
      1. Still has a handful of 2014 Expert t-shirts for riders who qualify. Posted this on Facebook.
      2. No response so will post again, plus an email.
    7. David Panofsky, Director
    8. Steve Walter, Director
    9. Grace Luccio, Jr. Director (shadow president)
    10. Nick Braun, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
    11. Walker Orner, Jr. Director (urban riders)
    12. Rachel Sindelar, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
    13. Owen Farmer, Jr. Director (social media)
    14. Shelley Kovacic, Jr. Director (advertising & design)
    15. Richard & Rick Tharrett, OOW
    16. Scott Wilton & Mike Schatz, Webmaster
      1. Need new JD application to post to the web site.
    17. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club Coordinator
    18. Wendy Grzych, Insurance Coordinator
    19. Max Schulze, Trials and Street Adviser/Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chair
      1. Only one application received so far.
      2. Max won’t be at Nationals so may need to meet virtually.
    20. Danielle Ross, Beginner Rider Chairperson
    21. Patricia Wilton, USA Level Tester
      1. No workshop at Nationals this year, Skype is working well.

D.     New Business

  1. NAUCC Annual Meeting
    1. Amanda won’t be there (slacker!) so Patricia will run the meeting.
    2. Need a simplified financials slide.

E.      Announcements

    1. Upcoming Events
      1. Unicon 2016
        1. T-shirts are nearly ready for ordering. Will allocate $15 to buy Kyle Alviani a t-shirt since he designed them but is not attending.
        2. Online registration closes in four days!
      2. NAUCC 2016

F.      Anything else?

    1. We want representation in the IUF but are still working out what that means.

G.     Meeting Adjourned

24 April 2016

USA Board Meeting Agenda – April 24, 2016

A.     Call Meeting to Order: 12:05pm EST

Attending: Kenny Cason, Amanda Grzych, David Panofsky, Mitch Wittenberg, Mike Schatz, Mark Atkinson, Wendy Grzych

B.     Old Business

  1. USA Programs
    1. Getting started, forms for clubs and coaches for Certified Coaches have been developed.
  2. Rider Locator
    1. You can see there is somebody there, but can’t identify them.
    2. Option: have users log into the membership site to identify riders found in specific locations. Members might be wary of security concerns so feedback will be sought.
  3. Urban Update – sectioning NAUCC by discipline
    1. Summary: discussion about globbing all urban events into a specific time frame so urban riders can compete but not get stuck attending NAUCC all week.
    2. We have little control. The rulebook is what actually has teeth.
    3. Not sure if possible changes should be enforced or recommended. At least a recommendation could be made to the rulebook committee.
  4. 2016 open Board positions
    1. Mark is willing to run for President (for good or bad).
    2. A vice-Presidential candidate is also known (see Mark).
  5. Bylaws for waiver
    1. There is no waiver currently in place that covers the board or USA.
    2. USA has Directors & Officers insurance for the board, and any board of an affiliated club.
    3. Could add a waiver to the membership web page that a member has to click on to agree. Would simplify the process. Wendy will send wording for the waiver.
  6. Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Reports
    1. Amanda Grzych, President
    2. Patricia Wilton, Vice President
    3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
      1. SnoValley Uni (SVUC) is holding a clinic May 14th in North Bend, WA. Checkout their web site for details.
      2. Most teams will accept event notices to be included in their newsletters!
      3. Next year we need to discuss better communication with USA membership. Newsletter, app, web site, carrier pigeon, OOW, Facebook, Twitter, …? Good agenda item for the annual meeting.
      4. One challenge is getting input from clubs on news. It doesn’t have to be lengthy, just enough to show activity.
      5. Perhaps an abbreviated version of OOW using Mailchimp?
    4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
      1. Financials look great!
    5. Mark Atkinson, Director
      1. Rulebook: IUF dropped skill levels from the rulebook and moved them to a separate document. Since USA adopts the IUF rulebook the skill levels are missing from the new USA rulebook.
      2. The USA rulebook should point to the IUF skill levels document.
        1. Mark proposes USA adopts the IUF skill levels.
        2. David seconds. The proposal passed unanimously.
      3. Wendy proposes USA continues to align with IUF skill levels. The IUF is considering major changes to the skill levels. Details TBD.
      4. Separate issue: working on a document detailing what typically goes on with USA in a yearly timeframe. Will send out for feedback.
        1. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pqChWPGK2kjM0HIUgM8FQTp9QSEeqi-2mSFtVh9YyiU/edit?usp=sharing
    6. Mitch Wittenberg, Director
    7. David Panofsky, Director
      1. A framework for hosting NAUCC planning is in the works. Input on Best Practices is strongly encouraged from USA membership (budget, events, scheduling, venues, etc.).
      2. There is already a link on the USA web site concerning hosting, but this is an attempt to improve the documentation.
      3. Will give the board permission to read the current draft for review. Input/feedback is encouraged! Please share with people you know might have feedback.
      4. April 29th-31st, MadUni offroad event!
    8. Steve Walter, Director
    9. Grace Luccio, Jr. Director (shadow president)
    10. Nick Braun, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
    11. Walker Orner, Jr. Director (urban riders)
    12. Rachel Sindelar, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
    13. Owen Farmer, Jr. Director (social media)
    14. Shelley Kovacic, Jr. Director (advertising & design)
    15. Richard & Rick Tharrett, OOW
    16. Scott Wilton & Mike Schatz, Webmaster
    17. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club Coordinator
    18. Wendy Grzych, Insurance Coordinator
      1. Getting new certs ready for the new insurance cycle (July 1-July 1).
      2. The new underwriter is slowing things down, will get up to speed.
    19. Max Schulze, Trials and Street Adviser/Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chair
    20. Danielle Ross, Beginner Rider Chairperson
    21. Patricia Wilton, USA Level Tester

D.     New Business

  1. Concerns about NAUCC 2016
    1. The list of competitors only shows 1 from the host club.
    2. Why are we paying for the gym when it is gratis?
    3. Small turnout expected this year, will probably break even.
    4. Why aren’t the South Dakota people paying for registration? There may be a good reason but we need more transparency.
    5. Scheduling questions: the 10k and Criterium seem to infringe on timing for other events.
  1. NAUCC 2017 Hosting Apps
    1. One application received: from SVUC.
    2. Amanda will look up the process to approve and notify the board.

E.      Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. Unicon 2016
    2. NAUCC 2016
  2. Anything else?

G.     Meeting Adjourned: 12:56pm EST

21 February 2016

USA Board Meeting Agenda – February 21, 2016

A.     Call Meeting to Order (by Patricia) 6:27pm CST. (Issues with the conference call,  Finally went to Skype.)

Attending: Mike Schatz, Mark Atkinson, Patricia Wilton, Kenny Cason

B.     Old Business

  1. USA Funds – Certified Coaches and Grants to new Clubs
    1. Updates on interest: Patricia is prepared to continue until someone else steps up.
    2. Goals for 2016?
  2. Rider Locator: Still just an informational map. Security issues with connecting people. Looking for options (Facebook model, Craigslist model, etc). Do they opt-in? Messaging system within the USA membership (and clubs)? Will play with some ideas.
  3. Urban Update – sectioning NAUCC by discipline
    1. How much control should the board have for nationals? Is it out of scope? What is the penalty if the organizers do not enforce the current rules? Example: at last Unicon the street riders did not wear gloves.
    2. Since the USA name is on the event, the board should have final say.
    3. If you sign up for an event, you are saying you know the rules and will follow them. Enforcement bolsters the integrity of USA as the owner of the rulebook and the event.
    4. The board should get regular updates from the NAUCC liaison, at each board meeting at a minimum.
    5. Patricia will send an email to the membership polling them about possible NAUCC 17 hosting clubs. Now is the time to get your proposals in!
  4. Rulebook Update:
    1. USA adopts the IUF rulebook, accompanied by amendments, which are specific to USA. A draft is ready.
    2. Patricia moves to publish, Mark seconds. The motion passes.
    3. Need a better process to get USA members involved/informed in the IUF rulebook.
  5. 2016 open Board positions
    1. What areas are we missing that we think need representation?
    2. Three positions are coming open and need filled.
    3. Think about names to put in the hat.

C.   Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Reports

  1. Amanda Grzych, President
  2. Patricia Wilton, Vice President
  3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
    1. Successfully made the transition to San Antonio, TX. Met with Scott Wallis who is alive and well. He is showing me the local trails.
    2. There is an unaffiliated club in the SA area that should be contacted. The person in charge is Jimmy Agnew: (http://www.onewheelmanychildren.com/)
  4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
    1. Financials still look good. USA has about $23k, the scholarship has about $3k.
  5. Mark Atkinson, Director
    1. Building some new web pages to ease upkeep.
    2. Google Analytics: in the last month, about 500 hits. Mostly events, unis, etc. Not much interest in the business side. Seems to be newbies looking for information.
    3. Some good ideas about supporting these users in a more modern manner.
    4. The USA Facebook page seems better for posting pictures and such, the web site can get stale pretty quickly.
    5. www.naucc.com will likely be the “official” web site for each nationals. A link will be added on our web site under Events.
    6. Old NAUCC web sites will be deprecated, with event results saved.
    7. Scholarship: need to get a deadline for this year’s scholarship.
    8. Junior Officers: need a deadline and any updates.
  6. Mitch Wittenberg, Director
  7. David Panofsky, Director
  8. Steve Walter, Director
  9. Grace Luccio, Jr. Director (shadow president)
  10. Nick Braun, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
  11. Walker Orner, Jr. Director (urban riders)
  12. Rachel Sindelar, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
  13. Owen Farmer, Jr. Director (social media)
  14. Shelley Kovacic, Jr. Director (advertising & design)
  15. Richard & Rick Tharrett, OOW
  16. Scott Wilton & Mike Schatz, Webmaster
  17. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club Coordinator
  18. Wendy Grzych, Insurance Coordinator
  19. Max Schulze, Trials and Street Adviser/Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chair
  20. Danielle Ross, Beginner Rider Chairperson
  21. Patricia Wilton, USA Level Tester

D.   New Business

    1. Need a list of USA record holders and the associated data.
      (http://archive.uniusa.org) Wow, that’s a blast from the past! Mark will send Patricia a link to the old records. Andy Cotter seems to have worked on it but that was back in 1998. Good grief, are we that old!
    2.  Bylaws:
      1. The content of the waiver should absolve USA from liability, not just the event holder. Is this worth an amendment to the bylaws? If not, where else should it be stated?
      2. Perhaps a standard USA form that can be used every year, with the option to add additional content per host requirements.
      3. Should this go in the registration packet, and signed before you get your wristband?
      4. Can we do it electronically from the web site?
        1. Mark moves to include a mandated waiver to the USA rulebook, to absolve the USA board and its membership from liability during USA-sanctioned events. Mike seconds. The motion passed.
        2. Mark will come up with wording for the rulebook.
    3. Free and Reduced Lunch children qualify for free or reduced USA membership?: Patricia would like to bring this up again for further discussion.
      1. Would this be a new membership category?
      2. Is it free or reduced? If reduced, by how much?
      3. How do we decide who qualifies? Maybe take a look at the Girl Scouts.
      4. Mike will look at options and report back before making a proposal. Perhaps get club treasurer feedback on the amount of work to implement.
    4. No child sized T-shirts for NAUCC 2016?
      1. Kids are expected to fit into an adult small?
      2. Seems like this is not serving the children well, especially if it is the same cost.
      3. We want to encourage as many kids as possible.
      4. The NAUCC liaison needs to get involved and get us a status.

E.      Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. Unicon 2016
    2. NAUCC 2016
  2. Anything else?

G.     Meeting Adjourned: 7:23pm CST

1 November 2015

USA Board Meeting Agenda – November 1, 2015

A.     Call Meeting to Order 6:05pm

Attending: Amanda Grzych, Mike Schatz, Mark Atkinson, Patricia Wilton, Richard Tharrett, Danielle Ross, Max Schulze, Mitch Wittenburg, Steve Walters, Nick Braun, Grace Luccio, Walker Orner, Rachel Sindelar, Owen Farmer, Shelley Kovacic.

B.     Old Business

  1. USA Funds – Certified Coaches and Grants to new Clubs
    1. Voted to move forward with both programs using the outline docs. Board approved 6:0 in favour.
    2. Select Heads of Committees
      1. Patricia will lead the certified coaches committee.
      2. Patricia suggested contacting Liz Wilson and Phil sanders for STEP (Startup Equipment Program). Amanda will contact.
    3. Set Deadline for Recruitment and Beginning Programs
      1. Email to out before holidays, giving a month to respond with interest.
      2. Facebook and website will be important in reaching out about these opportunities.
  2. Rider Locator
    1. There’s a map of riders in the USA created. How can they contact each other? For now, we will direct people to post on the USA Facebook page. We need Wendy to get more club contact info for the map. Mike and Mark will update the maps with the contact info from Wendy.
    2. unicycle.meetup.com is a similar concept
    3. Aiming to finish by Thanksgiving
  3. Facebook Updates
    1. Amanda will make a schedule for postings
    2. Nick can do this week
    3. Make a post about how to submit events soon
    4. Use FB to post about the programs for sure, think about where to place it on the website

C.     Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Reports

  1. Amanda Grzych, President
    1. Amanda, Patricia, and Mitch’s terms are done this year
  2. Patricia Wilton, Vice President
  3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
  4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
    1. Everything is the same. Membership went up. No expenses.
  5. Mark Atkinson, Director
  6. Mitch Wittenberg, Director
    1. Expert t-shirts could go on Facebook. Will take inventory so we can post on Facebook. Can contact junior officers to create post. Advertise the years we have. Will continue to try to get in contact with Gilby.
  7. Steve Walter, Director
  8. Grace Luccio, Jr. Director (shadow president)
  9. Nick Braun, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
    1. Suggested adding Facebook ‘Like’ button on the USA website. Nick will email Mark and Mike with details.
  10. Walker Orner, Jr. Director (urban riders)
    1. Suggested using Googledoc for ideas – Walker will make and send out
  11. Rachel Sindelar, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
  12. Richard & Rick Tharrett, OOW
    1. Since you can’t upload files to Facebook, we should add links for OOW that take you to the .pdf on the USA website. Jr officers will post the link.
    2. Next issue should be ready in next month
  13. Mike Schatz, Webmaster
  14. Max Schulze, Trials and Street Adviser/Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chair
  15. Danielle Ross, Beginner Rider Chairperson
  16. Patricia Wilton, USA Level Tester
    1. February will be the next meeting – it will be one year from the previous and will be good for people to renew.

D.     New Business

  1. Urban competition/meet proposal – Walker and Nick
    1. Aiming for next year, spring or fall, so it doesn’t conflict with NAUCC. Some name suggestions: ucna and urbancon.
      1. Patricia questioned whether riders would choose the urban meet over NAUCC.
      2. Unicon year concerns
      3. Wouldn’t have to do national awards
      4. Make the last weekend for urban comp at NAUCC. Same length just a different schedule. Let’s think about it for the next meeting.

E.      Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. Unicon 2016
      1. Registration is open – post on Facebook
    2. NAUCC 2016
      1. Wendy will give us updates – ask for updates
  2. Anything else?
    1. Rulebook – IUF prelim version in May, reorganization isn’t ready yet so no point in rulebook for this year. Reorg should be done soon. Our rulebook session should be brief because it’s more usable for smaller comps like NAUCC now.

G.     Meeting Adjourned 6:57 pm

13 September 2015

USA Board Meeting Agenda – September 13, 2015

A.     Call Meeting to Order: 6:02 EST

Attending: Kenny Cason, Wendy Grzych, Amanda Grzych, Mike Schatz, Mark Atkinson, Patricia Wilton, Danielle Ross, Richard Tharrett, David Panofsky, Max Schultze, Mitch Wittenburg, Grace Luccio, Nick Braun, Walker Orner, Rachel Sindelar, Owen Farmer, Shelley Kovacic, Steve Walter

B.     Old Business

  1. USA Funds – Certified Coaches and Grants to new Clubs
    1. (select) Head of Committee
      1. Need more details on budget, mission, etc
    2.   Determine funds for each
      1. Mike suggests $5k max for the first year (combined total), not likely to cost that much.
        1. Proposed by Patricia seconded by Steven – passed
      2. Do the clubs need to pay USA back? (TBD by the committee)
      3.  (…providing these proposals don’t infringe on the not-for-profit status)
      4. Amanda suggests using some of the $$ for social media advertising as well. Mike suggests $500 max as a separate pool of money.
        1. Proposed by Patricia, seconded by Steven – passed
      5. Google Docs to be created by Amanda to detail the particulars, everyone’s input is anticipated under threat of death.
  2. Costume Design Fund – Ms. Rogers
    1. Lump sum or an amount each year? TBD
    2. This is for outstanding costuming at Nationals

C.      Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Report

  1. Amanda Grzych, President
  2. Patricia Wilton, Vice President
  3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
    1. The Seattle Muni Weekend was a big hit!
  4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
    1. Online Membership Updates
      1. Online going well!
      2. Some issues with returned emails by Comcast, but it turns out to be Google thinking the large distribution list was spam. Will research better method to distribute.
      3. This affected advertising for the NY Uni Festival
    2. Financials are great.
  5. Mark Atkinson, Director
    1. Website Updating Update
      1. Nothing new, looking forward to web site usage data.
  6. Mitch Wittenberg, Director
    1. Old Expert t-shirts still available, Connie should have data from past nationals
  7. David Panofsky, Director
    1. Issues riding at skate parks?
    2. Often posted as “only bikes and skateboards” but not strictly enforced.
    3. Nobody knows of chronic issues where scooters or skateboards have been denied access.
    4. If a discussion ensues the fact we have insurance should help.
  8. Steve Walter, Director
    1. MTB race with a uni category, with cash prize, coming up in the next few weeks! Time to hit Pennsylvania.
  9. Grace Luccio, Jr. Director (shadow president)
    1. Anything I can do to help
  10. Nick Braun, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
    1. Urban riders…
  11. Walker Orner, Jr. Director (urban riders)
    1. Bring in more participation with urban riders
  12. Rachel Sindelar, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
  13. Owen Farmer, Jr. Director (social media)
    1. Grow the sport
  14. Shelley Kovacic, Jr. Director (advertising & design)
    1. Open to suggestions
  15. Richard & Rick Tharrett, OOW
    1. Amanda: moving OOW to Facebook
  16. Scott Wilton & Mike Schatz, Webmaster
    1. Uniusa.org link is not working for insurance forms, Wendy will email Mike
  17. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club Coordinator
    1. What are the requirements to become an affiliated club, is there an age limit?  A request came in from someone who seems under 18 so the question came up.
    2. Do you need an adult advisor? Yes is the answer.
  18. Wendy Grzych, Insurance Coordinator
    1. Create an email list of facilities/events that require certs sent directly to them? This would eliminate the middle-man. Seems like a good idea.
  19.  Max Schulze, Trials and Street Adviser/Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chair
    1.  Checks sent for ½ the amount to the three winners this year.
    2. Doing some fund raising, stand by to be amazed.
    3. Trying to simplify the process.
    4. Receipts are required for donations >= $500
    5. Keeping detailed records of how winners have been determined.
  20. Danielle Ross, Beginner Rider Chairperson
  21. Patricia Wilton, USA Level Tester
    1. Waiting for her fall schedule to even out before scheduling a session

D.     New Business

  1. Jr. Directors
    1. Determine Projects
      1. We seem to already have a Facebook page, but it was created by Amanda a while ago and can’t get into it anymore.
      2. Will research whether it is still accessible. If not it needs to be deleted somehow.
      3. Need to determine what we want to post and how often.
        1. Upcoming events
        2. Committees
        3. We have no master plan so the Jr. Directors should take the lead, what do they want to see.
        4. Eventually need to develop guidelines.
      4. Advertising, what are we advertising?
        1. Again, the Jr. Directors should help answer this question.
        2. Read the USA mission statement, that is what we are trying to achieve.
      5. Moving OOW to Facebook
        1. Separate from the USA page? If separate it can be promoted on the USA page.
        2. Reading past issues will be easier as a separate page.
  2. NAUCC Hosting Committee – David
    1. Creating a rough draft
    2. Accumulating tribal knowledge and data from previous Nationals

E.      Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. Unicon 2016
      1. Registration opening in October, schedule available then as well.
      2. Qualification criteria will also be posted.
    2. NAUCC 2016
      1. Need an NAUCC Liaison position
      2. Wendy nominated by Patricia, seconded by everyone – passed.
      3. FYI: the freestyle area in S.D. is very small, so be aware.

F.      Anything else?

  1. Rules Committee: new rulebook approved by January? Checking with Scott.
  2. Need a place to store (Facebook, etc) usernames and passwords in case the entire committee is hit by a beer truck. Dropbox? Will check with Scott for his input.
  3. Do we have an alternative to Skype (max 10 participants?). Quality for Skype sucks. Keep an eye out for options.
  4. Meetings tend to be about an hour, every other month.

G.     Meeting Adjourned: 7:04pm EST

2015 USA Annual Meeting

USA Annual Meeting Agenda – July 26, 2015

A. Call Meeting to Order: 7:30pm CDT

Attending Officers: Kenny Cason, Wendy Grzych, Amanda Grzych, Mike Schatz, Mark Atkinson, Patricia Wilton, Danielle Ross, Richard Tharrett, David Panofsky, Max Schulze, Mitch Wittenburg

B. Affirmation of Officers

  1. President
    1. Amanda Grzych nominated by Mary Wittenburg. Seconded by Claire Lowry.
    2. No further nominations.
    3. Vote passed. Amanda is President.
  2. Vice-President
    1. Patricia Wilton nominated by Wendy Grzych. Seconded by Scott Wilton.
    2. No further nominations.
    3. Vote passed. Patricia is Vice-President.
  3. Secretary
    1. Kenny Cason nominated by Patricia Wilton. Seconded by Scott Wilton.
    2. No further nominations.
    3. Vote passed. Kenny is Secretary.
  4. Treasurer
    1. Mike Schatz nominated by Scott Wilton. Seconded by David Panofsky.
    2. No further nominations.
    3. Vote passed. Mike is Secretary.
  5. Directors
    1. Current Directors are Mark Atkinson, David Panofsky, Mitch Wittenburg (term for Scott Wilton ended).
    2. Steve Walter nominated by Patricia Wilton. Seconded by David Panofsky.
    3. Phil Sanders nominated by Wendy Grzych. Seconded by Heather Neimeyer.
    4. Liz Wilson nominated by Scott Wilton. Seconded by Patricia Wilton.
    5. Mary Wittenburg nominated by Addy Lowry. Seconded by Claire Lowry.
    6. First round vote won by Phil and Steve.
    7. Second round vote won by Steve. Steve is Director.

C. Old Business

  1. Scholarship Fund has been changed up this year.
    1. New systems in place that add accountability and allow anyone to see how each person was judged.
    2. Feedback on new system welcomed.
  2. Junior Officers – Amanda Grzych
    1. Closing date for Junior Officer applications is August 10.
    2. Applicants must be 14-18 years old on January 1, 2015.
  3. Rulebook Committee – Scott Wilton
    1. The USA Rulebook is based off the IUF Rulebook.
    2. Latest IUF Rulebook has lots of small but important changes. Need to be reviewed and approved for USA adoption.
    3. Rulebook Committee will be formed this fall – looking for input from riders of all disciplines.
    4. All ages can participate in the Committee, but must be 18 years old for voting.
  4. USA Funds – Amanda Grzych
    1. Four prime proposals for use of USA funds. These are not ready to be voted on, but looking for feedback.
      1. Certified Coaches
      2. Grants for new clubs to buy unicycles
      3. Donation to the Scholarship Fund
      4. Reduced/waived membership for kids eligible for free or reduced price lunch at school (‘Unicycling for All’)
    2. Committee will be formed to implement approved proposals.
    3. Budget will be based on income – est $1K-2K per annum.
    4. All ideas received good support. Most popular proposals were Certified Coaches and Grants for new clubs to buy unicycles.
  5. Online Membership – Mike Schatz
    1. Online membership launched this year. Still in its early stages. Looking for feedback.
    2. Approx. $2,000 in membership through this system to-date.
    3. Three clubs have designated membership administrators.
    4. Ultimate objective is to link online membership to the NAUCC registration website.
  6. Financial Overview– Mike Schatz
    1. Current balance $19,930 + $1-2K for membership in last few days. Exact numbers can be supplied by Mike.
    2. Note that insurance cost is approx. $7K per year, but was paid twice in this year.
    3. Currently 975 members

D. Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Reports

  1. Amanda Grzych, President
    1. Lots done in past year.
      1. Online membership launched.
      2. USA became tax-deductible nonprofit with 501(c)3 status.
      3. Scholarship Committee work to improve application process and procedure.
      4. Work on USA funds projects.
    2. Reminder about Junior Officer opportunity.
  2. Patricia Wilton, Vice President
    1. Most of this year spent preparing for NAUCC.
    2. Excited by new programs. Wants to continue to promote unicycling with youths.
  3. Kenny Cason, Secretary (in absentia)
    1. Check the USA website for Board meeting minutes.
  4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
    1. Financials already presented, everything is in order.
  5. Mark Atkinson, Director
    1. Has been working to update the USA website.
    2. Software now in place to help understand website usage.
  6. Scott Wilton, Director
  7. Mitch Wittenberg, Director
  8. David Panofsky, Director
  9. Richard & Rick Tharrett, OOW
    1. Two OOW publications last year
    2. Looking for people to share their unicycling stories
  10. Scott Wilton & Mike Schatz, Webmaster
  11. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club Coordinator and Insurance Coordinator
    1. Please forward details of any new clubs
    2. Contact Wendy for insurance certificates
  12. Max Schulze, Trials and Street Adviser/Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chair
  13. Danielle Ross, Beginner Rider Chairperson
  14. Patricia Wilton, USA Level Tester
    1. One Skype Level Tester meeting held which went well.
    2. Another Skype Level Tester meeting planned for September.
    3. Online membership system will ultimately be used to track levels.

E. New Business

  1. Costume Design Fund.
    1. Proposal by Valerie Rogers to fund an award to honor her parents to be presented at future meets/conventions.
    2. More details to come
  2. Workshop on Thursday 30th July at Track Day – ‘How to Organise a Unicycle Club’
  3. Suggestion to move OOW to Facebook?

F. Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. NAUCC 2016 –Rapid City, South Dakota. Saturday, July 9 to Friday, July 16 2016
    2. Unicon 2016 – Donostia/San Sebastian, Spain. Wednesday July 27 to Sunday August 7 2016

G. Meeting Adjourned 8:20pm CDT